Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose: The Twenty Percent Project

Project based learning is now accepted as a wonderful way to engage our students in an authentic learning process.  But what if we pushed it even further and let them decide what they want to learn?  It’s a fascinating–and scary– idea: give them twenty percent of their week to explore their own interests.  The theory is that they will spread their wings and fly.  Check out the resources below and see what you think.  Post your comments; we’d love to hear your responses!

Start by watching Dan Pink’s Ted talk on what really motivates us:

The Twenty-Percent Project

Designing 20% Time in Education

A Letter to Students & Parents

The Bad Idea Factory


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